Science Across the Globe Building a PLN, tools that can be used and examples of projects. Britt Gow, Hawkesdale P12 College
Composite satellite image of the Earth at Night.
How can you find teachers willingto work together to create global projects?• Science Blogs• Twitter (#scichat)• Skype for Education• Nings (Classroom2.0)• Conferences (online and F2F)• Facebook for Educators
What tools can you use to allow students to learn collectively?• Google docs (upload to spreadsheets)• Edmodo (create classes online)• Wikispaces (Wetpaint or PBwiki)• Skype• Voicethread• Blackboard Collaborate
Some Global Science Projects...• Google Science Fair• Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE)• The Moon Project• SHOUT Tree banding program• Online Science Fair• International Energy ChallengeWith varying degrees of collaboration.
“The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment(GLOBE) program is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondaryschool-based science and education program. GLOBEs vision promotesand supports students, teachers and scientists to collaborate on inquiry-based investigations of the environment and the Earth system working inclose partnership with NASA, NOAA and NSF Earth System ScienceProjects (ESSP’s) in study and research about the dynamics of Earthsenvironment.”
GLOBE Earth System Science Projects http://globe.gov/science
Online Science Fair• Students chose individual projects using the “Science Buddies” site.• Teachers set up a wiki in which each student had a page with a template.• Template showed which parts of the project need to be completed each week.• The aim was to upload a digital product (slideshow, video or Voicethread) that explained their hypothesis, results and an explanation.
International Energy Challenge http://energychallenge.wikispaces.com/
International Energy Challenge• A Seimen’s STEM project, initiated by teachers in USA.• Five schools in four countries each looked at Renewable and Non-renewable Energy sources.• The main focus was a wiki, with all resources linked or embedded to pages for each school and energy source.• Students worked together in groups around 12 different forms of energy.
International Energy Challenge• Each group produced a wiki for research and discussion and a Voicethread.• The conclusion of the project was an online “Town Meeting”, using Blackboard Collaborate, moderated by older students, in which each group nominated a spokesperson who outlined their case for that particular form of energy, stating the positive case and outlining why other forms of energy where inferior.
SHOUT Tree Banding Project• An international project sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute.• Resources available online (YouTube videos, website and downloads)• A tree-banding kit is sent out, which contains all the necessary materials and equipment to measure tree growth using dendrometers.• Data is uploaded to the website for scientists to use in climate change analysis.
Contact Details: Britt Gow Hawkesdale P12 College Hawkesdale, 3287 Victoria, Australia Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @brittgow Skype: britt.gow